What Is Your Training Philosophy?

I’ve been doing this “I give a fuck about my body” thing since I touched my first weight in 1996. And during that course of time of weight training in countless gyms across the country — from New York to San Diego and everywhere else in between — my personal fitness mantra from casual observation is: “Men train with too much ego, and women with not enough of one.”

By this I mean that males tend to use more weight than they can handle without their form breaking down and their looking like they’re doing sexy time things to the weight…in the middle of the gym floor…in front of everybody and their mom to see; while females do excessive cardio and/or don’t lift with enough intensity, as if they’re genetic descendants of Mt. Olympus gods and are going to magically transform into Schwarzenegger in drag if they even dare pick up a weight any other color than pink and heavier than 5 lbs.

Regardless of the sex these are the people who look the same year after year, despite their going to the gym and supposedly “working out”.

In addressing this, I like to instill clients with the understanding that

(1) if their goal is hypertrophic development (that means muscle growth in “I know more than you and I’m going to be pretentious about it” speak), then the primary objective isn’t to move the weight from point A to point B but to make the muscle work; and

(2) if trying to lose body fat, building muscle through intense weight training is thermogenically superior to wasting it away on the treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike or any other piece of cardio equipment.

All in all, I guess you could say that my approach is that of old-school bodybuilding. Why? Because the belief in progressive resistance weight training and principles of proper technique, connecting the mind to the muscle, and making every single second of a workout count, are simple, time-honored concepts that have proven themselves effective for many people regardless of their physique goal. Considering that, why would I NOT subscribe to and want to impart them?

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